3D Robotics Inc., a Berkeley, CA-based company that makes drone systems for everyday exploration and business applications, raised $50m in Series C funding.
The round was led by Qualcomm, a global leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies.
The company intends to use the funds to continue to build its platform and enable a global ecosystem of commercial drone specialists and operators, all creating products and services based on 3DR’s technology.
Founded in 2009 by Chris Anderson, and Jordi Muñoz, 3D Robotics is a VC-backed personal drone company, known for consumer drone technology, and for the Pixhawk, an autopilot platform. Its drone systems serve as robust tools for data analysis, enabling mapping, surveying, 3D modeling and more. The technology is currently used across multiple industries around the world, including agriculture, construction, infrastructure, search and rescue and ecological study. 3DR has over 200 employees in North America and more than 30,000 customers worldwide.
The company operates engineering facilities in San Diego, sales and marketing in Austin, Texas, and manufacturing in Tijuana, Mexico.